Ed was a speedskater in the Chicago area in the 1930's, who went on to found the Northbrook Skating Club in 1953, and was a pioneer in coaching development and training methods for metric style skating. He was a World and Olympic Team Coach from 1961-1972.
Ed traveled to World Championships in Europe and Asia, at his own expense, (prior to formation of the United States International Skating Association), when there were no funds available to send competitors to World championship events. As a Commissioner of the Northbrook Park District, he was directly responsible for the development of Meadowhill Park, a skating and cycling facility that developed numerous World and Olympic Team Members. This was later renamed the "Ed Rudolph Meadowhill Park". Ed retired in 1975 and passed away on December 24, 2001, at the age of 92. He was inducted in to the National Speedskating Hall of Fame on May 19, 2001 in Albany, New York.